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Milo, we have had several discussions with each other in the past few months. I have never received an insult from you or felt threatened by you in any way.

I've told people before where I'm coming from. Since early childhood, I have regarded people's beliefs as demons. And to make things worse, I'm as much a prisoner of those demons as anyone else. Of course, I think it proper for us to judge murderers, thieves, and other evil people - and even to sentence them when they get out of place. However, I feel that one of the most horrible crimes on earth is for a person to look at another human who has done him no harm and decide what he is, just as if the judger were some kind of god. Also, we should not take our inherited myths and preconditionings too seriously, for nothing is what we think it is.

I'll draw from some extreme examples from my life. When I was living in Costa Rica during the 1950s, I went down to the Plaza Central one day to listen to a famous Costa Rican communist who had just returned from exile. Two hundred fifty thousand people turned out to listen to him in a country that at the time had only one million inhabitants. He spent much of his time brainwashing his followers to believe that we Americans are devils. When I noticed that a few hundred or more started looking at me out of the corners of their eyes, I got out of there - fast. Was I really the kind of person he wanted them to think I was?

The above happened during President Nixon's visit to Venezuela. One day, a Venezuelan man rented a room in the boarding house where I was staying. He told me that when Nixon was visiting there, a person in his village publicly declared that he liked Americans. The villagers tied him between two horses and had them split that poor man in half! Was he really a bad man because he liked Americans? Who and what are these people who like to play God?

When I was little, I was treated almost like an outcast for being left-handed. I was also told over and over that left-handed people couldn't learn mathematics. I went through college with no more than a knowledge of arithmetic. Then, in the Marine Corps, I decided to work on myself. I found out that learning math is just like learning a language. You get a model problem or equation, learn it thoroughly, and then substitute different numbers in its place. When I got through trigonometry successfully, I learned a few odds and ends about calculus and decided to stop. That's how all math should he learned, but the academics start out with theory and the like, babbling what novices believe to be pure twaddle, which perhaps it probably is.

I say this: Let's weaken beliefs, refusing to feed them enough to conquer us. In that way, we can change them when we find ideas and facts that are more effective in our lives.

Gene

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The Origin of Christ! 698 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 122 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 118 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 169 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 165 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 136 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 129 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 170 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 116 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 162 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 111 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 105 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:16
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 203 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 143 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 146 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 147 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 147 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 106 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 144 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 158 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 216 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 176 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 255 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 160 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 140 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 150 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 175 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 172 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 114 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 169 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 116 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 175 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 103 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 146 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 143 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 207 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 146 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 202 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 146 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 110 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 140 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 120 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 166 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 144 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 131 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 143 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 108 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 186 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 138 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 156 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 167 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 128 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 160 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 167 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 157 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 173 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 168 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 154 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 151 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 136 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 138 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 144 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 138 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 154 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 174 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 190 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 158 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 177 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 145 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 156 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 160 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 165 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 141 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 194 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 149 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 203 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 112 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 197 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 140 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 142 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 169 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 145 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 148 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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